1926–27 Cardiff City F.C. season

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Cardiff City
1926–27 season
Chairman Wales Walter Parker[1]
Manager England Fred Stewart
Division One 14th
FA Cup Winners
Welsh Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Hughie Ferguson (25)

All:
Hughie Ferguson (31)

The 1926–27 season was Cardiff City's 7th season in The Football League since joining in 1920. They competed in the 22-team Football League First Division, finishing in 14th place.

Hughie Ferguson was the club's top scorer with a total of 31 goals in all competitions which became a club record that would not be broken until 2003 when Robert Earnshaw scored a total of 35.[2]

Season review[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground A A H H H A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A A A H H H H A A A H H A H A
Result L D D W L L D L L W D W W W L L L L W L L W L D D W D W L D W W W L L D L W W W W L
Position 14 14 16 8 14 18 17 18 20 18 16 14 12 11 13 16 17 18 17 19 20 19 20 20 20 18 19 17 18 19 18 14 12 13 14 15 17 15 12 12 11 14
Source: [3]

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

Finalists two years earlier, Cardiff began their FA Cup campaign with a 2–1 win over Aston Villa at Ninian Park. After consecutive 2–0 wins over Darlington and reigning holders Bolton Wanderers, they were drawn against Second Division side Chelsea. Following a 0–0 draw at Stamford Bridge, Cardiff came away with a 3–2 win in the replay and advanced to the final with a 3–0 win over Reading in the semi-final held at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton.[4]

Cardiff met Arsenal in the final at Wembley Stadium, the only goal of the game came after 74 minutes when Cardiff forward Hughie Ferguson fired a hopeful shot towards goal only for Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis to let the ball slip out of his hands and into the net. Lewis later blamed the error on his jersey, claiming that due to it being brand new was greasy and made it difficult to grip the ball. By winning, Cardiff became the first, and still only, side from outside England to have ever won the FA Cup.[5]

Welsh Cup[edit]

In the Welsh Cup, Cardiff recorded victories over Ebbw Vale, Barry Town and Wrexham before beating Rhyl 2–0 in the final held at the Racecourse Ground, with goals from Len Davies and Sam Irving,[6] winning the tournament for the fifth time in the club's history.[7]

Players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- Republic of Ireland GK Tom Farquharson
-- England GK Tommy Hampson
-- Wales DF Albert Bell
-- Wales DF Jack Jennings
-- Wales DF Fred Keenor
-- England DF Walter Moyle
-- Scotland DF Jimmy Nelson
-- Scotland DF Tom Pirie
-- Northern Ireland DF Tom Watson
-- Wales MF Jim Baillie
-- England MF George Blackburn
-- Wales MF Ernie Curtis
-- Wales MF Willie Davies
-- England MF Billy Hardy
-- Northern Ireland MF Sam Irving
No. Position Player
-- Wales MF Frank Matson
-- Wales MF Percy Richards
-- Northern Ireland MF Tom Sloan
-- England MF Billy Thirlaway
-- England MF Frank Tysoe
-- England MF Thomas Wainwright
-- England MF Harry Wake
-- Wales FW Fred Castle
-- Wales FW Elvet Collins
-- Wales FW Len Davies
-- Scotland FW Hughie Ferguson
-- Scotland FW George McLachlan
-- England FW Thomas Potter Smith
-- England FW Sam Smith

League table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Newcastle United 42 25 6 11 96 58 1.655 56
2 Huddersfield Town 42 17 17 8 76 60 1.267 51
3 Sunderland 42 21 7 14 98 70 1.400 49
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 19 10 13 84 62 1.355 48
5 Burnley 42 19 9 14 91 80 1.138 47
6 West Ham United 42 19 8 15 86 70 1.229 46
7 Leicester City 42 17 12 13 85 70 1.214 46
8 Sheffield United 42 17 10 15 74 86 0.860 44
9 Liverpool 42 18 7 17 69 61 1.131 43
10 Aston Villa 42 18 7 17 81 83 0.976 43
11 Arsenal 42 17 9 16 77 86 0.895 43
12 Derby County 42 17 7 18 86 73 1.178 41
13 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 9 17 76 78 0.974 41
14 Cardiff City 42 16 9 17 55 65 0.846 41
15 Manchester United 42 13 14 15 52 64 0.813 40
16 The Wednesday 42 15 9 18 75 92 0.815 39
17 Birmingham 42 17 4 21 64 73 0.877 38
18 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 8 19 77 96 0.802 38
19 Bury 42 12 12 18 68 77 0.883 36
20 Everton 42 12 10 20 64 90 0.711 34
21 Leeds United 42 11 8 23 69 88 0.784 30
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 8 23 65 86 0.756 30

Fixtures & results[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers
28 Aug Burnley A 3–4
30 Aug Leeds United A 0–0
4 Sep West Bromwich Albion H 1–1
6 Sep Leeds United H 3–1
11 Sep Aston Villa H 2–3
18 Sep Bolton Wanderers A 0–2
20 Sep Newcastle United H 1–1
25 Sep Manchester United H 0–2
2 Oct Derby County A 3–6
9 Oct Sheffield United H 3–0
16 Oct Huddersfield Town A 0–0
23 Oct Sunderland H 3–0
30 Oct Bury A 3–2
6 Nov Birmingham City H 1–0
13 Nov Tottenham Hotspur A 1–4
20 Nov West Ham United H 1–2
29 Nov Sheffield Wednesday A 0–3
4 Dec Leicester City H 0–1
11 Dec Everton A 1–0
18 Dec Blackburn Rovers H 0–1
25 Dec Newcastle United A 0–5
27 Dec Arsenal H 2–0
1 Jan Arsenal A 2–3
15 Jan Burnley H 0–0
31 Jan Aston Villa A 0–0
5 Feb Bolton Wanderers H 1–0
12 Feb Manchester United A 1–1
21 Feb West Bromwich Albion A 2–1
26 Feb Sheffield United A 1–3
12 Mar Sunderland A 2–2
16 Mar Derby County H 2–0
19 Mar Bury H 2–1
21 Mar Huddersfield Town H 2–0
2 Apr Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2
7 Apr Leicester City A 1–3
9 Apr West Ham United A 2–2
15 Apr Liverpool A 0–5
16 Apr Sheffield Wednesday H 3–2
18 Apr Liverpool H 2–0
27 Apr Birmingham City A 2–1
30 Apr Everton H 1–0
7 May Blackburn Rovers A 0–1

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers
8 Jan Three Aston Villa H 2–1 Davies, Curtis
29 Jan Four Darlington A 2–0 McLachlan, Ferguson
19 Feb Five Bolton Wanderers A 2–0 Ferguson, Davies
5 Mar Quarter-final Chelsea A 0–0
9 Mar Quarter-final replay Chelsea H 3–2 Irving, Davies, Ferguson
26 Mar Semi-final Reading N 3–0 Ferguson (2), Wake
23 Apr Final Arsenal N 1–0 Ferguson

Welsh Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Scorers
29 Mar Five Ebbw Vale H 0–0
4 Apr Five (replay) Ebbw Vale H 6–1
28 Apr Six Barry Town H 2–0
2 May Semi-final Wrexham H 2–1
5 May Final Rhyl N 2–0 Davies, Irving

green=win orange=draw red=lost

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shepherd, Richard (2007). The Cardiff City Miscellany. Pitch books. ISBN 1-905411-04-9. 
  2. ^ "Earnie sends records tumbling". BBC Sport. 22 March 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cardiff City 1926–27 results". Statto.com. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cardiff City 1–0 Arsenal". FA Cup history. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cup friends reunited". BBC Sport. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cardiff City 2–0 Rhyl". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cardiff City". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 26 March 2010.